Up and Down (Houndstooth) Crochet Tutorial
Stitch of the Week #7: Up and Down (Houndstooth) Stitch Tutorial
Welcome back to Stitch of the Week! This week’s stitch is the Up and Down stitch. This stitch is more often referred to as the “Houndstooth” stitch. It really does end up looking like a houndstooth pattern when you change colors each row, using only two colors.
This stitch is best worked in light or neutral colors so you can see the texture better. It’s also a bit of an alternating stitch, because you work single crochets on top of double crochets from the previous row, and double crochets on top of single crochets from the previous row.
I believe that the fabric this stitch creates is better for cotton homewares projects, such as kitchen and bath items.
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Yarn—best to use cotton yarns but for the swatch, you can use any worsted weight yarn such as Red Heart Super Saver
Hook—I used 5mm to go with my yarn
Yarn Needle (for weaving in ends)
The multiple for this stitch is any even number of stitches. For the purpose of the tutorial, I did a chain of 20.
Make your chain of 20 and follow the instructions below.
Up and Down (Houndstooth) Tutorial:
- Dc in 2nd ch from the hook 2. *Sc in next ch, dc in next ch; repeat from * to the end.
- Ch1, turn, skip first dc, *dc in next sc, sc in next dc; repeat from * to end, dc in turning chain.
The repeat for this stitch pattern is row 2.
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